Hilda Nucete is the Program Director for “Protégete,” a program of Conservation Colorado. She is a mentor at LIPS Institute (Latinas Increasing Political Strength) and was recently appointed to the Denver Office of Sustainability Advisory Council by Mayor Michael Hancock.Hilda grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, moving to Colorado in 2007 after political unrest in the country. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in International studies with emphasis in Latin America and Europe and a minor in French language and culture. Hilda has long been interested in social, racial, and environmental justice issues, and is passionate about fighting against climate change by promoting clean energy for a healthy future for all Coloradans.
“As a Latina I understand that if my community is not at the forefront of the decision making process, we will disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change. I am part of the People’s Climate Movement because I believe we must stand together to send a clear message that the health and protection of our people, environment, and places matters more than corporate profits.”
“Cómo latina entiendo que si mi comunidad no está a la vanguardia del proceso de decisiones políticas, sentiremos desproporcionadamente los impactos del cambio climático. Soy parte del Movimiento Climático Popular porque creo que debemos estar juntos para enviar un mensaje claro de que la salud y la protección de nuestra gente, el medio ambiente, y los lugares importan más que los beneficios empresariales.”
Joe Salazar is in his third term representing House District 31. Before being elected he was a civil rights and criminal investigator for the State of Colorado, working for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in the civil rights division and division of insurance. He litigated at his firm focusing on cases involving employment law, civil rights, constitutional law and federal Indian law. Rep. Salazar is a Colorado native whose Spanish and indigenous roots in Colorado and New Mexico go back hundreds of years. His family has owned farm and ranch land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and in northern New Mexico for generations.
Celeste Razavi-Shearer-Spink holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Creative Writing and a Certificate of Fourth World Studies for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Two-Spirit Hopi, Dineh, and Colombian anti-capitalist writer, artist and gardener. Celeste is honored to be one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement of Colorado (CO AIM).
Adrian Nava is a recent graduate from the University of Denver, where he majored in International Studies with a concentration in international organizations, security and human rights. Prior to receiving his B.A., Adrian lived and studied in the Middle East, where he studied Arabic, the Syrian refugee crisis through a healthcare lens, and researched protection of LGBTI refugees in Jordan. Adrian serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, and prior to being a board member he participated in several campaigns for Advocates including a Colorado state-based initiative to expand sexual health education, and “Youth Resource”; a nationwide LGBTI advocacy group. Adrian has been a member of COPA for the last three years, and has participated in several of COPA’s actions and events.
Tikdem Atsbaha was born in Gondar, Ethiopia. She is a single mother living with her two children and her mother. She works at Denver International Airport as a janitor and is an Executive Board Member of the Service Employee’s International Union, (SEIU) Local 105. Tikdem is an active member of her community helping her co-workers build power and serving the senior citizens of her church.
“Members are joining thousands of working people taking to the streets for the People’s Climate March to build unity, fight for a clean economy and to protect the environment for future generations.” – Tikdem Atsbaha
Emily Hiltz is the Sierra Club Colorado Chapter’s Ready for 100% campaign organizer. She is working with a team of volunteers this year to get Denver committed to 100 renewable electricity by 2030. As an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Denver, Emily has spent the past five years working in Colorado for a variety of local nonprofits and political campaigns.
“Like the thousands of Coloradans marching with us on Saturday, the Sierra Club is fighting for a sustainable future, and that’s why we are urging Mayor Hancock to commit Denver to 100% renewable electricity by 2030” – Emily Hiltz
Leia is an engineer and a naval officer. She works as a Principal for Rocky Mountain Institute where she advises business and industry in the transformation of global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. Prior to joining RMI, Leia served as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy from 2004 to 2012. She served as a power plant supervisor at sea, and then as a nuclear instructor and inspector on shore duty. She now leverages her experience as a power plant supervisor to help transform U.S. and global energy systems into dynamic networks that are both more renewable, and more reliable. Leia also continues to serve in the US Naval Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. Additionally, Leia is a member of Truman National Security Project Defense Council and veteran of Truman’s energy and climate security advocacy campaign, Operation Free. She is married to Mr. Thomas Lechtenberg, a veteran of the Army National Guard. They have a son, Owen, who is 1 year old.
“The science of climate change is irrefutable, as are the potential consequences of inaction. No single threat poses a greater or more enduring danger to both the safety of our men and women in uniform and our nation as a whole. Climate change makes our battles harder, demands for humanitarian relief more urgent, and our resilience at home weaker–we must take action now.” – Leia Guccione, Veteran of Operation Free
Matthew is a freshman currently studying English and Political Science at Boston College. After three years working on public policy in Denver, he decided to start Keep Colorado Green in an effort to stop climate change in spite of national stagnation.
“Our planet, our future, our responsibility.” – Matthew Barad
Emma Bray, with Kids Against Fracking, Earth Guardians, and a plaintiff in the Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission lawsuit was born in Queensland, Australia and attends East High School in Denver. Emma has been an environmental activist since 1998 when she witnessed first-hand the destruction of the marine environment in Australia where pristine ecosystems have been devastated by dredging to make way for the transport of coal and LNG. Here in Colorado, she sees that fracking is polluting the air and water and endangering human health.
Emma is interested in animal welfare as well as human rights and she founded the organization Kids Against Fracking in 2013. Emma has represented youth in conversations with Colorado State Legislators.
“The only way we can be defeated is if we lose sight of our love of the earth and most importantly, if we lose sight of our love towards each other.” – Emma Bray
Micah is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. She has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community organizer, and nonprofit director – first in New Orleans, Louisiana, and since 2007 in Colorado. Micah serves on the board of the Earth Guardians youth group and the board of Colorado Rising, which is working to pass a statewide ballot initiative to protect communities from fracking. Micah serves on the City of Boulder’s Clean Energy Technical Team, and the Empower Our Future team – a citizen-led effort to municipalize Boulder’s electric power in order to transition to 100% clean renewable power. Micah also serves on “The Shed” – Making Local Food Work coalition and created the Boulder Edible Landscapes Coalition to promote local food growing and access for all community members. She received a 2014 “FearLess Women Leading GREEN” award, Sierra Club’s 2007 Delta Chapter Black Bear Award, and 2014 BVSD Superintendent’s Honor Roll for creation of a model Greenhouse & Garden to Table Program at Columbine Elementary. Micah is the mother of two daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement, create resilient communities and transition to a sustainable future.
“I’m marching for climate justice because we have a responsibility to ensure that future generations inherit an Earth as beautiful and capable of sustaining life as we were born into. Our decisions today will determine their fate.” – Micah Parkin
Franklin Cruz is a queer latin poet from Denver CO. He is a student of biology, a middle child and works to reconnect people to mother earth. His words reflect culture, conservation and power.
Tay Anderson is the Student Body President of Manual High School, serving his third and final term. Tay passionately believes in and participates in social activism. He has taken a stand to support women’s rights, black rights, Latinx rights, LGBTQ+ rights, Native rights, Muslim rights, and disabled persons’ rights. He has participated in numerous public demonstrations as well as conversations and meetings with school district and state leaders on social activism. Because of his commitment to and determination to raise awareness about these issues, Tay helped bring light to these important causes and has rallied his community to stand beside him and take action. After his time in college, he plans to continue his fight for public education so that every student knows they have a voice and they matter! From there he will aim to introduce legislation to provide tuition-free access to a college education for all communities in America.
“This is about our future. That’s why it’s so important that young people get engaged, get active, and vote.” — Tay Anderson
People’s Climate of Colorado
People’s Climate of Colorado was founded just EIGHT weeks ago. A core group of entirely volunteer leaders have been organizing not just to put on the Peoples Climate March, but to build a sustainable a movement for climate action in local Colorado communities. Volunteer leaders will close the speaking portion by talking about how we can continue to take action locally for this movement.